Photo Effects Software

80 software downloads

Sven Sorensen

“A list of software titles which can apply special effects to a picture”


A listing of downloads compiled by Sven Sørensen

When you have a large collection of digital photographs, there likely comes a time when you want to add cool effects to images. These can range from wacky and fun to serious retouching. With these freeware and shareware downloads, you can apply a myriad of different effects to your images.

While many of these programs can apply effects to a single image, others can also perform batch photo editing and apply effects to many different types of images like JPG, PNG, GIF and even PSD Photoshop images.

If there is a tool here you find that isn't freeware, there is always the chance to take advantage of the free trial period.

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  • StylePix 2.0.3.0

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    Hornil StylePix is a free image editor with a number of advanced features
    StylePix can apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics, optimize graphics and create and edit layers.
    Free Freeware
    6.42 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.3 / 5.0)
    Apr 15, 2020
  • StylePix Portable 2.0.3.0

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    A free, powerful and portable image editing suite
    StylePix Portable can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create web graphics and optimize graphics.
    Free Freeware
    3.54 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Apr 15, 2020
  • PC Image Editor 7.4.2

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    Freeware image editing software with many different filters and tools
    PC Image Editor can add text to an image and apply special effects to a picture.
    Free Freeware
    54.51 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.9 / 5.0)
    Apr 10, 2020
  • GIMP Portable 2.10.18

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    Portable Windows version of the popular free image editor GIMP
    Portable GIMP can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics, optimize graphics, create and edit layers and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Open source
    186.44 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.7 / 5.0)
    Apr 5, 2020
  • Image Tuner 7.0

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    Batch image renamer/resizer
    Image Tuner Batch Photo Resizer can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, optimize graphics, convert RAW to JPG and batch process images.
    Free Freemium
    2.09 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Apr 2, 2020
  • FotoSketcher 3.50

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    FotoSketcher turns digital photos into drawings or paintings, for free!
    FotoSketcher can apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and optimize graphics.
    Free Freeware
    9.24 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.3 / 5.0)
    Mar 24, 2020
  • FastStone Image Viewer 7.5

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    A fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor
    FastStone Image Viewer can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, create PNG graphics, create web graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Freeware
    6.84 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.2 / 5.0)
    Mar 19, 2020
  • ImageMagick 7.0.10

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    Display, convert and edit raster image and vector image files
    ImageMagick can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics, create web graphics, create and edit layers and batch process images.
    Free Freeware
    29.53 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.3 / 5.0)
    Mar 16, 2020
  • Capture NX-D 1.6.2

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    Nikon software will speed up your post-processing workflow
    Capture NX D can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, optimize graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Freeware
    339.84 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.4 / 5.0)
    Feb 18, 2020
  • Photo Magician 13.553

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    An image conversion tool which also supports camera RAW images
    Photo Magician can apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Freeware
    3.94 KB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Excellent (5.0 / 5.0)
    Feb 7, 2020
  • RawTherapee 5.8

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    A RAW image editor, free and full of easy and useful features
    Raw Therapee can apply special effects to a picture and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Open source
    37.87 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.0 / 5.0)
    Feb 7, 2020
  • Speedy Painter 3.6.4

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    A lightweight paint program which supports digitizers
    Speedy Painter can apply special effects to a picture, create web graphics and create and edit layers.
    Free Freeware
    4.87 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Excellent (4.8 / 5.0)
    Jan 12, 2020
  • Pixelitor 4.2.3

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    Free image editing software with raster support and layers
    Pixelitor can apply special effects to a picture and create and edit layers.
    Free Open source
    3.8 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Good (3.6 / 5.0)
    Dec 12, 2019
  • Pixia 6.5.0

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    A popular graphics editor translated from Japanese to English
    Pixia is software which can apply special effects to a picture.
    Free Freeware
    16.14 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.3 / 5.0)
    Aug 18, 2019
  • Luminance HDR 2.6.0

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    A free and open-source approach to high dynamic range imaging
    Luminance HDR can apply special effects to a picture, view EXIF data, optimize graphics and convert RAW to JPG.
    Free Open source
    47.34 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.5 / 5.0)
    Jun 11, 2019
  • PhoXo 8.4.0

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    A free and powerful image editing software, can be treated as a mini PhotoShop
    PhoXo can add text to an image, apply special effects to a picture, create PNG graphics and create web graphics.
    Free Freeware
    5.28 MB
    10 / 8 / 7 / V / XP
    Very Good (4.6 / 5.0)
    May 22, 2019